Tale of two cities

Tale of two cities

There are 91 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Dec 14, 2008, titled Tale of two cities. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

For two teams and fan bases that dislike each other so much, they are bonded by their history, sports culture and football philosophy.

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jeffro

Edenton, NC

#1 Dec 14, 2008
Baltimore and Pittsburgh are similar cities. They have the same historical immigration , Polish, Itailian, Slavic, Greek, etc. with the same ethnic history. The accents are the same. I actually see no difference in either city, only one is a little colder. I lived in Balt. for a while, I didn't fit in though, no place for a Southern boy. Became a big Ray lewis and Ravens fan though, there is something that makes you feel alienated when people don't have the same dialect and manners, and when you order sweet tea people look at you like your from mars. Few women in Maryland prefer "yes mam" they said it makes them feel old, I was corrected many times for that one.
jeffro

Edenton, NC

#2 Dec 14, 2008
I don't think Baltimore fans are selling their tickets to Steeler fans. Maryland has a huge population of transplants from Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. When I first moved there I had a hard time finding an actual "local". I was suprised at the amount of transplants in Maryland. My first year there I attended an Orioles game only to find mainly Yankee fans there. Atlanta is similar in that respect, there are few locals in Atlanta, it's like Florida, everyone is a transplant from up north. I think your Steeler fans are living among you....watch out..
mika from France

Paris, France

#3 Dec 14, 2008
CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS ONE!!!!!
MOMENT OF TRUTH!!!
LET'S GO RAVENS!!!!!!
Dave B

Springfield, VA

#4 Dec 14, 2008
Although a great rookie QB, I think the Steelers will have some new wrinkles for Mr. Flacco that will cause some interceptions
Joe Mess East BMore

Columbia, MD

#5 Dec 14, 2008
Finally!!
Dan eastern shore

Perry, IA

#6 Dec 14, 2008
First thing in the morning and I'm writing this blog,are you kidding me??Well,it's true and I can only watch the game on tv and probably hear some assinine comments from the national broadcasters but the challenge is before us,now,so let's say we play the game and enjoy any world peace that's holding during this holiday season.Thanks for a nice article and may coach Harbaugh coach a fine game along with his valuable coordinators and would'nt it be even nicer to see Hines Ward dumped on his arse a few times on camera and a Raven just walking away like a vulture who just had a meal??
ocjohn

Ocean City, MD

#7 Dec 14, 2008
Dan eastern shore wrote:
First thing in the morning and I'm writing this blog,are you kidding me??Well,it's true and I can only watch the game on tv and probably hear some assinine comments from the national broadcasters but the challenge is before us,now,so let's say we play the game and enjoy any world peace that's holding during this holiday season.Thanks for a nice article and may coach Harbaugh coach a fine game along with his valuable coordinators and would'nt it be even nicer to see Hines Ward dumped on his arse a few times on camera and a Raven just walking away like a vulture who just had a meal??
Dan, you can listen to the game via 93.5, if you can't pick up WBAL. As you can see, I also live on the shore and prefer to listen to the home guys.

As for the article, I lived in Baltimore for 60 years and never spoke like that described above. I guess that's why most fans tolerate the sin paper's writters (except Pete S). GO RAVENS
phish

Abingdon, MD

#8 Dec 14, 2008
Here is the deal Boys and Girls....
Nobody, let me repeat, there is not team that has anything left for the
RAVENS!!!!!We have played hurt and short handed all year and it comes down to this? The Steelers are going to try and stop the RAVENS, when in fact the RAVENS can smell the blood Boy! They can see where they have to get to! The RAVENS are in the final turn of a 16 week race!And now the Doomsdayers are sayin' the RAVENS don't have enough to finish? Please, in my humble opinion, This team is hungrier Than any RAVENS team in the past! They are going to do what ever they have to, to WIN!!! Any cost, Anything, Anybody, Please those of you who are faint of heart or who have conditions that may lead to haveing to be hospitalized, because of the carnage left on the field by the RAVENS ,please shield your eyes!
"CAUSE IT IS ABOUT TO GET UGLY"!!!

!!!!!!!!!!GO RAVENS!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Nov 07

Baltimore, MD

#9 Dec 14, 2008
Ravens all the way today.

GO RAVENS!!!
Jim

AOL

#10 Dec 14, 2008
Bought my Joe Flacco Jersey just for this one. This game will be electric. The circled date on the calendar has finnally arrived, "Are You Ready For Some Football"! Destroy Pittsburgh!
Mike

Jackson, MI

#11 Dec 14, 2008
Troy>Reed
Primanti's>Crab cakes

Everything else I can agree with.
Steve

Bergenfield, NJ

#12 Dec 14, 2008
I am a Steeler fan who has a great deal of respect for the Ravens. I can't stand them, but I do respect them. This article though is complete garbage. At least it seems that most of you realize it. It's nice that the sun writer grudgingly gives some advantages to the Steelers. Jeez, what a homer.
Jim

Melbourne Beach, FL

#13 Dec 14, 2008
After reading your comment about Steelers fans ("who infiltrate stadiums around the league like no others"), I envisioned cockroaches coming out of the woodwork. I couldn't think of a better description for the Steeler Stooges.
Jim

Folsom, PA

#14 Dec 14, 2008
What could be better, My favorite college football team, University of Delaware and their quarterback Joe Flacco gets drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft to my favorite NFL team, the Baltimore Ravens. I'm the same Jim from the previous board from AOL. Live only three traffic lights from Tubby Raymond Stadium here in Newark, Delaware and the Blue Hens fans can't wait for this one. Two traffic lights away is where you can get genuine NFL Joe Flacco Jerseys for only $50.00 at Malin's Market on Route 896, great bargain and many other jerseys to choose from. Now again can we all say in unison, "Are You Ready For Some Football"? Destroy Pittsburgh!
STEELER COUNTRY

Myersville, MD

#15 Dec 14, 2008
Jim wrote:
After reading your comment about Steelers fans ("who infiltrate stadiums around the league like no others"), I envisioned cockroaches coming out of the woodwork. I couldn't think of a better description for the Steeler Stooges.
Say what you want low-life...but I don't see ANY purple at the Ratbirds games in Pittsburgh. BUT M&T will be BLANKETED IN BLACK AND GOLD THIS SUNDAY - BECAUSE WE ARE THE STEELER NATION!!!
Dave Ohio

Steubenville, OH

#16 Dec 14, 2008
I would take Polamalu over Reed. He is more of a complete player. He has 86 tackles to Reed's 26.

Since: Dec 08

Latrobe, PA

#17 Dec 14, 2008
It's like Christmas morning...finally the game is here!
Ravensman

Edgewater, MD

#18 Dec 14, 2008
For you beer lovers out there, the article should have mentioned that there is a micro brewery beer in Baltimore called "The Raven." It's far superior to either National Boh or Iron City. If you can find it it's well worth the purchase.

Prediction: Ravens will win by at least 10 today.
kasel

Edgewood, MD

#19 Dec 14, 2008
Johnny Unitas, Dan Marino, Joe Montana, Joe Namath, Ed Kelly,(all hall of famers) all Pittsbugh boys, born and raised, just the quarterbacks, of which there are many more at different poitions. Its no wonder why Pa. leads any other state in Hall of fame Players. Johnny Unitas was the last real talent to play in Baltimore!!!!!! Which is the real football city, not to mention the 5 superbowls the Steelers have won.

Since: Dec 08

Latrobe, PA

#20 Dec 14, 2008
Ravensman wrote:
For you beer lovers out there, the article should have mentioned that there is a micro brewery beer in Baltimore called "The Raven." It's far superior to either National Boh or Iron City. If you can find it it's well worth the purchase.
Prediction: Ravens will win by at least 10 today.
Natty boh is still brewed in Bmore? I thought it moved out too Milwaukee, no?

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